TV's Answer Man
Watching 3D TV Make Me Sick?
Washington, D.C. (January 15, 2013) --
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Q. My new TV came
with 3D and free 3D glasses! But I have read that watching 3D at
home can make you sick. Is that really true? -- Louise, St.
The short answer is...yes! But the good news is that watching 3D
at home will probably affect only about 10-15 percent of
viewers. If you have a sensitive stomach (do roller coasters do
you in?) or you are pregnant, you might want to think twice
before tuning in a 3D movie. Also, any child below the age of
six is not a good candidate for 3D at home.
does 3D have such an effect?
Steven Nusinowitz, an
associate professor of ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye
Institute in Los Angeles, explained to CNN awhile back that that
3D glasses have a polarized filter that separate two images,
thereby enabling the 3D effect. But he added that the separation
occurs so quickly that your brain may have difficulty accepting
"The movie is telling you 'Hey, I'm moving around in this
scene,' but your vestibular system is telling you, 'I'm not
moving anywhere,' and that disconnect will make you feel sick,
for some people," Nusinowitz said.
Once again, think of that roller coaster ride. The movement of
the coaster is so sudden and swift that your brain can have
trouble catching up. In laymen's terms, this causes the brain to
send a signal to the body that trouble is on the horizon, which
in turn creates an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach that
can cause actual sickness.
With a 3D movie, your brain will see movements on screen that it
doesn't recognize or understand, such as a monster seemingly
thrusting itself in your direction. For some, that's a thrilling
sensation that enhances the viewing experience. But for others,
it puts the brain in a confused state and creates the same kind
of nausea caused by the roller coaster.
The only way to really test how you react to 3D TV is to try it
at home. If you start to feel unwell, I would stop watching. But
if you enjoy the experience, have fun.
I, for one, am not a big fan of 3D TV -- and statistics show
that not many other viewers out there are, either. But to each
his own, I always say.
Looking for a 3D TV? Try these two:
Vizio 42-inch 3D LCD w/Internet
Panasonic 42-Inch LED 3D LED w/4
Free 3D Glasses and W-Fi: $697